Hednesford Town’s Rob Smith ‘proud’ despite FA Cup knockout

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Hednesford Town manager Rob Smith said he is hungry for more days like the team’s first-round FA Cup clash against Crawley Town.

More than 2,000 fans watched The Pitmen, top of the Skrill North league, crash out to the League One  side.

Hednesford Town lost 2-1 at Keys Park.

Smith told StaffsLive: “I thought it was a cracking cup tie and very nice for the fans to come out in numbers like that.

“We want more days like that in the future.

“This sort of game is the game the players want to play in and we have the Staffordshire Senior Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup to defend.”

For more than an hour the two teams were locked at 0-0 and it took a cringing own goal by Hednesford skipper Darren Campion to put the visitors ahead.

Hednesford levelled with a coolly-taken Elliott Durrell penalty, before a goal in the last 10 minutes from substitute Emile Sinclair snatched it for Crawley.

Smith said: “We are disappointed to have gone out.

“We could have won the game but we made a mistake by not picking someone up and we got punished.

“I’m so proud of them and we matched Crawley all the way, but we’re disappointed.”

Hednesford’s man of the match Jamey Osbourne impressed Smith.

The gaffer added: “Jamey showed me today that he can play at a higher level of football.

“He is the one player who can get to that standard and I thought he was exceptional.

“I cannot be more proud of this set of lads in what they do and they will dust themselves and go on to beat Workington in the FA Trophy.”

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